ERIC Number: ED463781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul-26
Reference Count: N/A
Ladders of Opportunity.
California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
This report addresses the California Community Colleges Board of Governors' Initiative for Developing California's New Workforce. The report argues that many workforce training programs are still based on obsolete paradigms. Rather than offering the long-term skills and career development necessary to succeed in a high-performance workplace, these programs provide only limited preparation designed to help individuals into entry-level jobs. The result of this "work first" policy is the rapid growth of a new class of low-income wage earners whose skills are largely irrelevant to many of the new economy's employers. Many of this new class are former recipients of welfare. These are often the people most in need of the quality education and training community colleges can provide. The report suggests that workers need to be trained for more than a job--they must gain the skills that enable them to build a career. Career ladders are long-term career progression pathways that help people advance, particularly in high-wage, high-growth careers. Creating a career-ladder system will require new kinds of partnerships among employers, workforce development agencies, community colleges, and community organizations. The report argues for creating a single, unified system that reflects California's new economy. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Identifiers - Location: California